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The Artist (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (2011)

Jean Dujardin , Bérénice Bejo , Michel Hazanavicius  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
  • Directors: Michel Hazanavicius
  • Writers: Michel Hazanavicius
  • Producers: Adrian Politowski, Antoine de Cazotte, Bob Weinstein, Daniel Delume, Emmanuel Montamat
  • Format: AC-3, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00782O7IY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Artist (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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The Artist is a love letter and homage to classic black-and-white silent films. The film is enormously likable and is anchored by a charming performance from Jean Dujardin, as silent movie star George Valentin. In late-1920s Hollywood, as Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he makes an intense connection with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. As one career declines, another flourishes, and by channeling elements of A Star Is Born and Singing in the Rain, The Artist tells the engaging story with humor, melodrama, romance, and--most importantly--silence. As wonderful as the performances by Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo (Miller) are, the real star of The Artist is cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman. Visually, the film is stunning. Crisp and beautifully contrasted, each frame is so wonderfully constructed that this sweet and unique little movie is transformed from entertaining fluff to a profound cinematic achievement. --Kira Canny

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Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.

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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent...just magnificent November 14, 2011
The Artist had quite the reputation going for it before it debuted at the Cinema Arts Festival in Houston, Texas. Early reviews were already very positive and many Houston critics were talking about how much they were anticipating getting the chance to see it. I purposely went in blind and only found out just moments before I entered the theater that it was a silent film and was not only shot in but would be presented in the now practically ancient 1.33:1 aspect ratio. A black and white silent feature film made in modern times; what's not to like about that? Truth be told, nothing can really prepare you for how extraordinary The Artist really is.

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is the king of silent movies in Hollywood in 1927. Audiences just adore everything George is a part of. Along comes Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) who you just know is going to be a huge star some day. George and Peppy work together on one film as George not only takes her under his wing, but an undeniable spark develops between the two. Over the course of the next few years, silent movies fade into obscurity as talking pictures or "talkies" explode onto the scene. George finds himself struggling for not only work, but a purpose to live as Peppy becomes the next big thing overnight.

The Artist is funny and charming right out the gate. Jean Dujardin really plays to the crowd and appears to love nothing more than catering to the people who come to see his films. George's dog Jack might be the biggest form of comic relief in the film. The way he plays dead and covers his head with his paws are always both presented in a way that is fresh and laugh out loud funny each and every time they're utilized.
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138 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist: An effortless classic... March 31, 2012
I respond to hype involving movies in a variety of different ways. If I get all excited about a film months before its release, I often find myself being disappointed with the film's final product. I saw a trailer for "The Artist" months back, and didn't think much of it, because I didn't know much about it. I had seen reviews and award acclaim for Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist", and wanted to give it a shot. On account of the limited theatrical release that the film got, I found myself venturing toward the bad part of town the night before it happened to win the Golden Globe for best picture, and oh, was it worth it.

"The Artist" is everything you could possibly want it to be. The story isn't anything revolutionary or surprising, but it really doesn't have to be. In case you have somehow not heard of this film yet, it is a silent film that is set in 1927, at the height of the silent movie era. It follows George Valentin, an actor who has had a great deal of success in silent film. The film follows the years where the film industry is moving into "talkies", where he finds his success is dwindling. He falls hard for Peppy Miller, an actress who is just breaking into the business. This story lasts over the span of maybe ten years.

While up until now, Hollywood has widely forgotten about the silent film era, the style of the film feels kind of experimental to a moviegoer of my generation. The film is a beautiful love letter to this period of film which we all have forgotten about. It makes me think that actors, writers, directors...everybody had to work a lot harder in that generation. It's hard to write a universally appealing story with no dialogue.

Style is a big deal, camera angles, and lighting are critical.
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist: Brilliance Made to Look Easy March 30, 2012
It is a masterful movie-maker who can take a simple story (much less a silent one) and captivate an audience. That "The Artist" is so straight-forward is itself a tribute to the old adage that any story can capture the imagination, it just must be true to the soul. The genius here is that you are totally drawn into this world in near totality by the expressions on the actors' faces. It belies the fact that the silent film is indeed a lost art and we are fortunate to have it re-introduced to the main-stream in such a glorious fashion.

But first things first, this is *not* a stodgy, stick-in-the mud film. "The Artist" is at times laugh-out-loud, and then is equally engrossing as an emotional hay-maker. If you are expecting a dull yawn-fest, go see the latest CGI-laden summer film. But if in the the best sense you want to be captivated by a film, see "The Artist".

Without any giveaways, the story here involves an aging film star who is being left behind by the rise of the sound-age of film. Right behind him is a rising starlet who is excelling in the sound age. It is their story to tell: his from the perspective of the slide down and hers from the climb up. There is great supporting work as well, including a delightful little doggy who is essentially the side-kick to our hero. But it is lead actor Jean Dujardin who rightly "steals" the picture with his breath-taking emotional range.

Also a delight are the little scenes we as an audience identify with as true-isms: the bits of film magic that stick with you long after you leave the theater. The rising starlet using our hero's jacket in a pantomime, reflecting her awe and love of him, is the perfect example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist
This film is one of the best no wonder it received awards! It show cased the days of silent films to talkies. Great acting, sets, and story plot!
Published 19 days ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DOG

Black & white added to the silent aspect.
Fun, and happy ending.
Published 23 days ago by georgia clark
4.0 out of 5 stars The Artist
Well deserved applause and accolades about a film that truly takes a chance. The dialogue is all French with subtitles and for the most part if you are not familiar with Lingua... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Daniel Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist
Best movie in a bunch of years. Went wih my best friend to see it at a theater. Had to own it!
Published 1 month ago by jorja kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Another besr picture for my collection.
There is a tradition in my house to purchase each and every Best Picture Oscar winners, and although I had to wait longer for The Artist to be available, the purchase was worth the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Wayne Peel
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all like the movie I saw
Did not enjoy it because it was not what I expected. Is there a different version? Where was all the dancing by the girl?
Published 1 month ago by Decem
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie!
I loved this movie for a variety of reasons. The plot was compassionate and life affirming. The dog was adorable and amusing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Beverly Lindner
5.0 out of 5 stars See it
Great movie, creative idea, a must see if you like great stories. I've seen it 2x now and would watch it again
Published 1 month ago by Uni
4.0 out of 5 stars good
This is a likely Oscar contender of a movie and I enjoyed it for the sheer uniqueness factor and the homage to the days of Old Hollywood. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ConcupusAl
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting bit of entertainment
I bought it more for the Dog in it than anything else, however I did enjoy the movie, but I think Uggie the dog was the best
Published 2 months ago by CAB
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i loved the movie,but at 84 i would like the sub titles in english is it...
The intertitles are in English. This is an American-made film. There are very few spoken words, and there probably will be English subtitles for those. There are not subtitles in silent films, the full-screen titles are called "intertitles".
May 2, 2012 by MJB |  See all 4 posts
F. Ultraviolet....
In my opinion, you're not missing much. I felt bad that the dog had to put up with so many imbeciles. After watching it, I was amazed that the Academy considered this the best movie made in 2011.
Jul 2, 2012 by P. Phillips |  See all 2 posts
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